Residents brace themselves for worst flooding in town’s history (Horsham, Australia)

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ANXIOUS residents of the town of Horsham (Australia), which lies 190 miles northwest of Melbourne and is home to 14,000 people, are rushing to protect their homes with sandbags as the swollen Wimmera River threatens 500 properties.

It is expected to cause the worst floods in the Victorian town’s history.

An evacuation warning was issued for Horsham and some local roads have already closed.

The flooding is expected to peak on Tuesday.

“It’s predicted to be a one-in-200-year event,” a Victoria emergency services spokesman said.

“We are expecting (Horsham) will be cut in half by the river and that the highway be cut as well.”